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Citizen CLP521Z Label Printer With ZPL™ Command Emulation

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CLP521 Z



Durable Direct Thermal Desktop Label Printer from Citizen. Based on CITIZEN's Metal print mechanism, which is used in the high end Thermal printers made by CITIZEN. Highly visible colour-coded operational levers allow for intuitive operation make media and ribbon loading easy and provide quick access for simple cleaning.

Main Features
  • Durable Direct Thermal Desktop Label Printer
  • Metal print mechanism
  • Citizen’s unique high-opening print mechanism
  • An adjustable media sensor efficiently handles unique label configurations
  • Standard DPL™ emulation, also available with ZPL™ emulation
  • 8 MB of DRAM and 2 MB of flash memory
  • 32-bit RISC processor 
  • Complete connectivity with parallel, serial and USB is standard. 
  • Optional internal Ethernet or WiFi are also available.
  • Internal power supply
  • Optional peeler and cutter modules


CLP521-Brochure (clp_521_brochure.pdf, 863 Kb) [Download]


Printing Method

Direct Thermal printing

Printing Speed (Max.)

up to 4 inches/sec

Print Density

Adjustable with software


1 Scalable, 8 Bitmap, OCR-A & B

True type Download

Supported Standard

Control Language

Conforms to Datamax® programming language

Media Type

Roll or Fanfold; Continues or Perforated; die cut labels; Tags & Tickets

Media Sensing

Label Gap, notch or reflective

Resolution/Dot pitch

203 dpi, 8 dots/mm


Media width (Min-Max)

19 - 118 mm

0.75 - 4.65 inches

Media Roll Size (Max)

125 mm, 5 inches (Internal); External media supply path available

Media Thickness


0.0635 - 0.254 mm

0.0025 - 0.01 inches

Printing width (Max)

104 mm

4.1 inches

Printing lenght (Max)

812 mm

32 inches

Label length (Min)

2.54 mm

0.1 inches

Bar-code Symbologies

Code39, Code93, ITF, Codabar, UPC-A/E, EAN-8/13, UPC and EAN 2 and 5-digit extensions, Plessey, Postnet, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code128 with subsets A/B/C and UCC Case Codes, Telepen, FIM & HIBC.

2D Codes: PDF-417, Maxi Code, Datamatrix & QR Code

Standard Interface


IEEE1284 (Compatible, Nibble, ECP Mode)


RS232C, Baudrate from 2400-115200


Full Speed USB1.1

Optional Interfaces

Ethernet Lan

WiFi, Wireless LAN



8 Mb

Flash Memory

2 Mb


3.6 Kg

External Dimensions

(W x D x H)

231 x 289 x 183 mm

Operating temp. range

0 to 40 ºC, Humidity 30 to 80%

Storage temp. range

-20 to 60 ºC, Humidity 5 to 85%


EN60950, EN55022 (Class A), EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3


220-240V (-10~+6%), 1.2A, 50/60Hz